TV Channels

Video On Demand

Amazon Associate


Add Comment | Related Links | TrackBack
Related Content

5900 RPM Hard Drive Just Doesn't Cut It

The Seagate Expansion External Drive is an excellent USB hard drive enclosure for digital entertainment centers. It has no power button, but sleeps after inactivity and automatically turns off when your computer is shut down. It's sleek black case really blends with other black entertainment center components.

But playing back videos on my HDTV off this external hard drive is not so slick. Periodically, the video would stop for a few seconds. I traced the problem down to the internal hard drive in the enclosure.

I have the 1.5 TB version of the Seagate Expansion External Drive. After taking the enclosure apart, I found a Seagate Barracuda LP (ST31500541AS) 1.5 TB hard drive inside. After checking the specs on Seagate's web site, I realized that it is only a 5900 RPM drive.

Luckily I have a 7200 RPM Seagate drive on hand. I swapped the faster drive into the USB enclosure and the lagging problem went away. The 5900 RPM drive is fine for backups, but for real-time play-back of video it just doesn't cut it.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 07 Feb 2010 11:29:32 +0000

A photo of the Seagate 1.5TB Expansion Hard Drive:

One more thing... The Seagate Expansion Enclosure does has a laptop lock hole, which is not available on many hard drive enclosures on the market.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:04:44 +0000

You're partially correct in assuming that a 5400rpm drive is slower than a 7200rpm drive, all things being equal, but I can assure you a normal 5400rpm drive is more than capable of handling HD content. What is likely happening is drive "stutter" from over aggressive power management. It's VERY common with high capacity drives that manufactures assume will be used sporadically for large file backup. WD Green drives are also notorious along with the Seagates which are now receiving firmware tweaks for more "normal" use.

Mr. Donaldson
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 21:11:09 +0000

Add Comment | Related Links | TrackBack
Related Content

Did your message disappear? Read the Forums FAQ.

Related Links

Add Comment

Spam Control | * indicates required field
Your Name: *
Remember Me!
Comment: *
File attachment is optional. Please do not attach a file to your submission unless it is relevent.
Attach File:
(20 MB Max)
Spam Protection: * Answer of 8 - 1?
Click button only once, please!


Send Ping | TrackBack URL | Spam Control

No TrackBacks yet. TrackBack can be used to link this thread to your weblog, or link your weblog to this thread. In addition, TrackBack can be used as a form of remote commenting. Rather than posting the comment directly on this thread, you can posts it on your own weblog. Then have your weblog sends a TrackBack ping to the TrackBack URL, so that your post would show up here.

Messages, files, and images copyright by respective owners.

Yahoo! TV

Joost PPLive TVU Networks Zudeo